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Addressing National-level Synergies: Tanzania´s Experience. UNFCCC Workshops on Synergies and Cooperation with Other Conventions, Espoo, Finland, 2-4 July 2003 R.P. Yonazi –VPO Div. of Environment United Republic of Tanzania. Structure of Presentation. Information about Tanzania

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Addressing national level synergies tanzania s experience

Addressing National-level Synergies: Tanzania´s Experience

UNFCCC Workshops on Synergies and Cooperation with Other Conventions, Espoo, Finland, 2-4 July 2003

R.P. Yonazi –VPO Div. of Environment

United Republic of Tanzania


Structure of presentation
Structure of Presentation

  • Information about Tanzania

    • With respect to Art. 4.8 &4.9 of UNFCCC

    • Other info.

  • Instutional coordination

    • Formal

    • Informal

  • Technology Transfer

  • Education, Outreach/public discussion

  • Challenges & obstacles


Key info w r t art 4 8 4 9 of unfccc
Key info w.r.t. Art. 4.8 & 4.9 of UNFCCC

  • > 60% of land area classified as arid or semi-arid

  • Prone to natural disasters –floods, drought, earthquakes

  • Has fragile ecosystems e.g.

    • Dry-land forest ecosystems

    • Cross-border Fresh water ecosystems

    • Coastal 800 km of shoreline

    • mountain ecosystems - Kilimanjaro


Info wrt art 4 8 4 9 contd
Info. wrt Art. 4.8 & 4.9 contd.

  • Exports heavily dependent on primary agric.

  • LDC

  • Zanzibar-one part of the United Republic, was an autonomous Small Island State.


Other information
Other information

  • Tz. in sub-regional related initiatives

    • HQ of the EAC, L.Victoria and L. Tanganyika Environmental Programmes

    • Involvement in SADC UNFCCC initiative

  • Tz. as refuge for war-torn neighbouring countries.

  • Largest country in East Africa, Population 61/3 times that of Finland.


Institutional coordination
Institutional Coordination

  • Formal

    • VPO nat’nal focal for GEF, all Rio Conventions, & CSD/WSSD

    • VPO recognises roles/mandates of sector ministries/institutions

    • Govt. procedure Cabinet approval:-

      • Policies, legislation and intersectoral programmes/strategies

    • Cabinet process

      • (Cabinet Sec; Committee of Perm Secretaries; Cabinet)

    • Parliamentary approval for legislation and ratification of MEAs.


Informal coordination
Informal coordination

  • National Consultative workshops

    • planning processes

    • Preparation for meetings of COP and their Subsid. bodies

    • Consensus building on national reporting

  • Participating actively in coordination meetings on conventions related to the Rio ones (Ramsar, CMS, CITES, UNFF)


Informal coord contd
Informal coord. (Contd.)

  • Inviting stakeholders to regional and international meetings

  • Providing feedback to key stakeholders on outcome of the a.m. meetings.

  • Follow-up on implementation of decisions of the a.m. meetings.


Technology transfer
Technology Transfer

  • No significant progress, except for synergic workshops on traditional knowledge on IK


Educ outreach and public discussion
Educ. outreach and public discussion

  • One national workshop on synergies on MEA’s

  • One national w/shop of GEF financing

  • Involvement of NGOs, the Media, CBOs and representatives of local government

  • Employment of a VPO journalist to enhance collaboration with the media.


Challenges obstacles opportunities
Challenges/Obstacles/Opportunities

  • National Synergies w/shops

    • e.g. Coral bleaching, Forest, Dry and Sub-humid lands, Insentive measures.

  • Enhancement of focal points capacities

    • National level planning and reporting

  • Mainstreaming conventions into WSSD/MDGs

  • Technology transfer

  • Information generation and establishment of national D-bases, and networking



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